The Caterpillar cookies recipe is a butter cookie made with cornstarch, it has a melt-in-mouth texture which is a bit like kuih bangkit. It can also be piped into the shape of a “flying dragon” and called a “Dragon cookie”.

CHINESE VERSION: 毛毛虫饼 (或称:龙饼)

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
 
Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

Caterpillar Cookies (a.k.a. Dragon Cookies) | MyKitchen101en

Yields: about 95 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 120 g butter (salted)
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • 1/16 tsp fine salt
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 egg yolks (grade A/size: L)
  • 20 g milk powder
  • 225 g cornstarch
  • 30 g plain flour
  • some red colouring (for decoration)

Instructions:

1 Combine butter, icing sugar, salt and vanilla essence, beat over medium speed until light and fluffy.

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
 

2 Add in egg yolks in 2 batches, mix until well blended.

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

3 Combine and sieve in milk powder, cornstarch and plain flour, mix over low speed, then fold until well mixed with spatula (cover the dough to prevent it from drying).

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

4 Put some dough into piping tip (with closed star shape), use the thumb to push out the dough.

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

5 Pipe dough into caterpillar (or flying dragon) shape, put on wire rack (or baking tray) lined with parchment paper.

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
 

6 Dot with red colour as the eyes.

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

7 Set aside the piped dough for 2 hours until hardened before baking (this will help the cookie to maintain its shape when baked).

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

8 After 2 hours, preheat oven to 160°C/320°F.

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

9 Bake at 160°C/320°F for 15 minutes (turn the tray once after baking for 8 minutes). Set aside to cool completely after removing from oven.

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

Caterpillar Cookies (a.k.a. Dragon Cookies)

The Caterpillar cookies recipe is a butter cookie made with cornstarch, it has a melt-in-mouth texture which is a bit like kuih bangkit.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Set Aside 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Chinese New Year, Cookies, Tea Time
Cuisine Asian
Servings 95 pieces
Calories 22 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 120 g butter salted
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • 1/16 tsp fine salt
  • tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 egg yolks grade A/size: L
  • 20 g milk powder
  • 225 g cornstarch
  • 30 g plain flour
  • some red colouring for decoration

Instructions
 

  • Combine butter, icing sugar, salt and vanilla essence, beat over medium speed until light and fluffy.
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • Add in egg yolks in 2 batches, mix until well blended.
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • Combine and sieve in milk powder, cornstarch and plain flour, mix over low speed, then fold until well mixed with spatula (cover the dough to prevent it from drying).
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • Put some dough into piping tip (with closed star shape), use the thumb to push out the dough.
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • Pipe dough into caterpillar (or flying dragon) shape, put on wire rack (or baking tray) lined with parchment paper.
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • Dot with red colour as the eyes.
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • Set aside the piped dough for 2 hours until hardened before baking (this will help the cookie to maintain its shape when baked).
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • After 2 hours, preheat oven to 160°C/320°F.
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies
  • Bake at 160°C/320°F for 15 minutes (turn the tray once after baking for 8 minutes). Set aside to cool completely after removing from oven.
    Caterpillar Cookies/Dragon Cookies Cornstarch Butter Cookies

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Notes

This recipe yields 95 pieces of cookies.
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 piece of cookie.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 0.2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 11mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.04mg
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